Aug. 7, 2013
Freshman guard Siera Thompson is part of Michigan's three-member freshman class, coming to U-M from Gardena, Calif. Thompson was ranked as the No. 68 prospect out of high school by HoopGurlz and averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior. She sat down to talk about everything from her decision to attend Michigan to being far away from home to taking a trip to Europe at the end of the month.
On why she picked Michigan ... "I picked Michigan because of the atmosphere here and the academic background of the University. The tradition of the school is amazing. I love the idea that once you graduate from the University of Michigan, you can get a job almost anywhere. A Michigan degree holds a lot of weight and that meant a lot to me as I was looking at schools."
On her recruiting process ... "The process was interesting. I knew as soon as Michigan offered me that was where I was going to go. There was not a doubt in my mind. I didn't grow up thinking that I was going to go to Michigan. Once I learned the background of the school and what it meant to go there, I knew it was the school for me. I knew Coach Nichols because he was recruiting me when he was at Kansas, so that was my connection to Michigan after the coaching change. Everything that happened was perfect timing."
On being far away from home ... "Sometimes it gets hard but we are always busy doing stuff. I am out here for a purpose, so that is all I really think about when it gets a little tough. I wanted to go away from home when I picked my college; I didn't want to be close. I wanted to experience something new and this is way different than California. The weather is bipolar here. In the summer, you never know when it is going to rain until it just starts raining. I have never seen snow, so this winter will be the first time for me."
On her game ... "I don't want to say that I am a pass-first guard, but I try to make people around me better first. Then I let my game come to me. I am not the type to go force a shot. I would rather drive and kick for someone else to take a shot. But if I have a shot, I will take it. I think I am on the unselfish side for a guard."
On what she is working on this summer ... "I need to work on my explosiveness because everyone on this level is a lot bigger and faster. I want to be more of a leader. Things are different than they were in high school because you are playing with and against grown women. You have to change the way you were to be successful at this level."
On what is different from the high school to the college game ... "There is more competition now. In high school, a team would have three good players and the rest were not so good. Now, everyone is good because they are playing in college. Every night, you can't take a game off. You have to play hard all the time."
On how her time at Michigan has been so far ... "It has been great for me. I love everything here. I love the practices and workouts. School is good; it is just about adjusting to having more responsibility. You have to check your email all the time. In high school, you always just got your homework in class. Now, you might get another assignment sent to your email."
On going to Europe ... "I can't wait. I have never been out of the country before. I heard that we are going to do a lot of sightseeing. It is like a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are so many people that would like to go on the trip we are and might never get the chance. I am really excited. The extra practices are good too. I can get used to what practice will be like and how Coach Arico and the other coaches are."
On her best basketball memory ... "My junior year, I had a CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) championship game that went into triple overtime. We won by three points and that was the longest game of my life. We beat a really good team. That is probably my best memory so far."
On Coach Arico ... "I love her intensity. She likes us to have a lot of energy, just like her. That is what you need when you step out on the floor. If you play with low energy, you are going to get beat. I like how she coaches and how she is so into everything. She is great."
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Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423